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Bowdoin College

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Fall 2013

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


This study examined traditional boat building on Uzi Island as a manifestation of Zanzibar’s relationship of environment and culture. Information was gathered about traditional boat building practices, the resource use and management pertaining to boats, the cultural reliance on boats, and local views on environment and conservation. This information showed that the people of Uzi Island were dependent on the use of traditional boats to maintain their livelihood, however the tree types used for boat building are being over-harvested. This tension of culture and environment exposed the need for conservation of Zanzibar’s natural resources in a manner that does not strand the local people without any means to support themselves.


Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Structures and Materials


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